Monday, April 25, 2011

Al Johnson promoted to assistant town manager?

Rumors have been circulating for weeks that "Building Official" Al Johnson was being groomed by Town misManager Alex Taft as her eventual replacement. Now, it appears those rumors are true.

It has not gone unnoticed, that the Quartzsite building official has been introducing himself as "director of planning and zoning", a title not listed on his business cards, the town website,  nor approved by council in open meeting. Now, it appears Al Johnson has received yet another promotion without advertising for the open position or a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and without public approval by the town council.

On Friday, Mayor Ed Foster received an open records request that had been denied, even though the Office of the AZ Attorney General has previously informed the town that the public can have that information. Whose signature authorized this denial of public information? Why Al Johnson, of course! Something he would only have the authority to sign off on if he had been promoted to a different position.

Maybe, Johnson/Taft denied the request for current payroll because it would show that Johnson is receiving an increase or change in payroll status. Building Official is an employee without a contract, but Taft's position as Town Manager is a salary under contract.  Something here smells fishier than the dumpster behind a tuna processing plant!


  1. Who Is Michael Roth?April 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    This is the way it works in La Paz County. If you are compromised you get promoted. Dan Field practiced it here and perfected it once the sheeple voted in Holly Irwin and he got promoted for all of his hard work at creating crime and breaking the law. Wake Up people. Once the depression is realized here in Quartzsite and the rest of Laz Paz County, do you think these people running, I mean ruining Quartzsite and the rest of the county, do you think they will think about you or themselves first. Here's a hint, they're already thinking about themselves first now.... Sad times indeed!

  2. Why do you think Taft needs Johnson to be waiting in the wings? Does she have her sights set on the Mayor's seat or a job with the county perhaps...?

  3. Hey VV,
    I think you are on to something. I totally can see Alex promoted to a County position, Donna Hale's position maybe????